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Thai flood frustration grows

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Authorities in Thailand are facing growing anger as rising floodwaters spread to new neighbourhoods in the capital Bangkok.

With the central and commercial districts protected by a network of dikes and sandbag walls, angry residents in surrounding suburbs are increasingly turning on local police to express their frustration.

On Monday, the prime minister ordered flood gates to be opened by one metre to ease flooding in the worst affected areas. But city authorities have warned that the flow could move into large parts of Bangkok which are now dry, further hampering the country’s beleaguered economy.

Yingluck Shinawatra’s government and the Bangkok authority represent opposing factions in Thailand’s strife-plagued politics.

Nearly 400 people have been killed by the heavy monsoon rains and floods which began in July.